Articles Under: Leadership & Catechist Formation

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This article explores chapters 10-11 of the Directory for Catechesis. Catechesis at the Service of the Inculturation of the Faith At the press conference to present the new Directory for Catechesis (2020), Archbishop Rino Fisichella, presid ent of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, stated, “The need for a new directory was born of the process of incultur ation which characterizes catechesis in a particular way and which, especially today, demands a special focus.” [1] The preface sets forth the reasons f or producing a third catechetical directory for the universal Church at this particular time,... Read more
This article explores chapters 7-8 of the Directory for Catechesis. Introduction and Context It is now twenty-three years since I eagerly read the last General Directory for Catechesis and made efforts to implement its teachings within the catechetical programs in some of the Catholic schools in Australia. Much has changed in our world since 1997, and the new Directory for Catechesis has achieved an outstanding synthesis of what was sound and helpful in the earlier document, while taking us forward with new and profound insights for today. In this article, l will be addressing the essential contents of chapters seven... Read more
This article explores chapters 5-6 of the Directory for Catechesis. When we have reached chapters five and six in the Directory we would be forgiven for being tempted to jump nimbly over these two chapters into the details of methodological considerations so amply provided in chapter seven and the focus on different groups to whom we minister in chapter eight. We have already received the Directory ’s account of catechetical goals, both ultimate and proximate; we have benefitted from a rich account of the person of the catechist and of the catechist’s formation needs. We know the tasks of catechesis... Read more
A fund amental theme that runs throughout Sacred Scripture is to be called by name . In other words, in the eyes of God, you and I are not simply one in a crowd, nor are w e a serialized number. Our social security number can be a record of our living in the United States, but that very number fails to define who you and I are. In the eyes of God, you and I are loved and are not simply a footnote in the history of humanity for we have been made lovingly by a personal Go d... Read more
This article explores chapters 3-4 of the Directory for Catechesis. O ne could liken c hapters t hree (The Catechist) and f our (The Formation of Catechists) of the new Directory for Catechesis to a meditation on windows and how they are made. Identity and Vocation of the Catechist In the early Church, those who followed the Way were often called “saints.” This designation did not refer to the canonized (or even “canonizable”), but to the fact that, as Joseph Ratzinger points out, all of the faithful were called “to use their experience of the risen Lord to become a... Read more
This article explores c hapters 1-2 of the new Directory for Catechesis. The publication of a Directory for Catechesis by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization could not have arrived at a more providential moment as the universal Church seeks a renewal of Christian faith in local churches struggling through the effects of a global pandemic. In a perfect synthesis of old and new elements, this catechetical document is addressed primarily to those engaged in catechetical ministry, namely Bishops, pastors, catechists, parents, and teachers of faith. This audience is invited to reflect on the nature, purpose,... Read more
The much-anticipated Directory for Catechesis is finally here! So many of us involved in the work of catechetical renewal have eagerly awaited its publication. This directory is the third of its kind, following 1971 and 1997 directories that each proposed a vision for catechesis intended to prepare Catholics to live in the modern world as well-formed, mission-oriented disciples of Jesus. We here at Franciscan University are enthusiastically studying its vision and priorities as it will be formative for us moving forward. This issue of our journal is dedicated to the Directory for Catechesis and features articles written by leading scholars... Read more